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Marat / Sade Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Worthington is a professional writer who specializes in drama. in this essay she discusses the debate between the play's title characters. the Marquis de Sade and Jean-Paul Marat.

Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade presents us with a very bleak world where madness and pessimism prevail. This is a grey world in which range of color is absent and where there seems to be no salvation. Just reading the play, however, makes it difficult to get the full impression, since plays are meant to be seen not merely read. Writing in Civilization, playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) described a recent play he had seen and said reading the text "is an incomplete experience of the work, as reading any play must necessarily be, since a play in book form is a little like an octopus out of water."

Book in hand, we grapple with the text but have a...

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